If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Lessons from my mother...

I am ever grateful that I was lucky enough to get the mother I have.  The lessons I've learned from her have been numerous and valuable.  You know, things like...

...Clean your room!

...Make your bed and your room is already half-cleaned.

...Put your clothes away...or in the clothes hamper...or wherever they go just as soon as you take them off...or as soon as you take them out of the dryer... and you don't have to pick them up later.

...Put your shoes in the closet when you take them off and you won't waste time looking for them the next time you are getting ready to go somewhere.

...There is a place for everything and you should put everything in its place.

...Sparkling clean windows make all the world seem a brighter place.

...Dig in the dirt because it is good for the soul.

...Deadheading your flowers is a great way to work out your frustrations.

...Dance to the music every chance you get.

...Music recorded in the 1950s is hard to beat.

...Hard work is nothing to be afraid of and embrace it as an opportunity.

...You benefit more from doing something for others than they do.

...Do something for others and never expect something in return.

...If it is worth doing, it is worth doing right.

...Wipe your feet!

...Shut the door so flies don't come in!

...Say please and thank you.

...Cooking is an art that is appreciated by most everybody.

...Never take a dish back to its owner empty.

...Don't go to a social function empty handed.

...Make yourself and your home look its best - always - you never know who might see you or it.

...There is no excuse to be dirty; soap and water are cheap.

...Don't piddle around; get your work done and then you can play.

...Do your best and strive for excellence.

...Don't expect anybody to do anything you are not willing to do yourself.

...Dress appropriately - leave something for the imagination.

...Sacrifice enough for your children so that they will thrive but don't give them so much that they won't appreciate the value of anything.

These lessons are just the tip of the iceberg - just the part that can be seen.  There are so many more hidden under the surface.  Thank you, Mama.
Happy Mother's Day!